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  1. Jan Bransen (2015). Self-Knowledge and Self-Love. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (2):309-321.
    In this paper I argue for the claim that self-love is a precondition for self-knowledge. This claim is relevant to the contemporary philosophical debate on self-knowledge, but mainly because it draws attention to the role of claims of self-knowledge in the larger context of our ordinary practice of rationalizing and appropriating our actions. In this practice it is crucial for persons to open-mindedly investigate the limits of their own responsible agency, an investigation that requires a warm and gentle kindness to (...)
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  2. Jan Bransen (2014). Loving a Stranger. In Tony Milligan, Christian Maurer & Kamilla Pacovska (eds.), Love and Its Objects: What Can We Care For? Palgrave Macmillan 143-159..
    In this paper, however, I shall explore an alternative motivational structure for our engagements with strangers, one that highlights the importance of reasons for love. Besides being a useful and promising alternative to impartial indifference, this motivational structure is theoretically interesting in its own right because it will enable us to improve our understanding of an important distinction between two types of reasons related to love – reasons of love and reasons for love.
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  3. Jan Bransen (2012). Becoming Oneself Through Failure and Resolution. In Käthe Schneider (ed.), Becoming Oneself: Dimensions of “Bildung” and the facilitation of personality development. Springer VS-­‐Verlag 5-28.
    The aim of this chapter is to show how we can account for a most peculiar feature of human life: i.e. the need to address the real possibility of failing to be ourselves.
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  4. Jan Bransen (2011). De estafette-Zelfbegrip. Wijsgerig Perspectief 51 (3):44.
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  5. Jan Bransen (2011). Jan Bransen. Wijsgerig Perspectief 51 (3).
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  6. Jan Bransen (2011). Nou zeg, waar bemoei je je mee. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 103 (1):4.
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  7. Jan Bransen (2009). Beschaving zonder fatsoen. Filosofie En Praktijk 30 (5):34.
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  8. Jan Bransen (2009). I Will Survive. Wijsgerig Perspectief 49 (3):22-29.
    ‘Kijk. Mijn kasteel heeft het overleefd!’ roept mijn zoon enthousiast. We zijn hier gisteren ook aan het strand geweest en er is inderdaad nog iets te herkennen van het bouwwerk dat hij hier toen gemaakt heeft. Het hoge water heeft nog niet alle sporen uitgeveegd, maar om nu te zeggen dat de vage contouren in het zand de uitroep rechtvaardigen dat ‘het kasteel’ het ‘overleefd’ heeft… Dat rekt óf het begrip kasteel óf het begrip overleven toch een heel eind verder (...)
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  9. Jan Bransen (2008). On Education - by Harry Brighouse. Philosophical Books 49 (3):287-288.
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  10. Jan Bransen (2008). Personal Identity Management. In Catriona Mackenzie & Kim Atkins (eds.), Practical Identity and Narrative Agency. Routledge
     
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  11. Jan Bransen (2006). Selfless Self-Love. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (1):3 - 25.
    This paper challenges the idea that there is a natural opposition between self-interest and morality. It does by developing an account of self-love according to which we can have self-regarding reasons that differ substantially from the standard conception of self-interest and that share enough crucial features with moral reasons to count as morally respectable. The argument involves three steps. The first step concentrates on the idea of a moral point of view as a means to distinguish between reasons that could (...)
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  12. Jan Bransen (2005). Competences. Philosophical Explorations 8 (3):209 – 215.
  13. Jan Bransen (2004). Anticipating Reasons of One's Own. In Maureen Sie, Marc Slors & Bert van den Brink (eds.), Reasons of One's Own. Ashgate 87--105.
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  14. Jan Bransen (2004). Afhankelijkheid zonder dominantie. [REVIEW] Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 3.
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  15. Jan Bransen (2004). From Daily Life to Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 35 (4):517-535.
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  16. Jan Bransen & Anthonie Meijers (2003). Editorial. Philosophical Explorations 6 (3):159 – 160.
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  17. Jan Bransen (2002). Normativity as the Key to Objectivity: An Exploration of Robert Brandom's Articulating Reasons. Inquiry 45 (3):373 – 391.
  18. Jan Bransen (2002). On the Incompleteness of McDowell's Moral Realism. Topoi 21 (1-2):187-198.
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  19. Jan Bransen (2001). On Exploring Normative Constraints in New Situations. Inquiry 44 (1):43 – 62.
    Philip Pettit's ethocentric account of rule-following is elaborated and defended in this paper as basically a story about the capacity to reason organized around largely implicit assumptions about what is and what is not normal. It is argued that this account can be insightfully used to elucidate the practical reasoning of agents confronted with the normative indeterminacy that seems to be characteristic of radically new situations. It is shown that practical reasoning consists to a large extent in the capacity to (...)
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  20. Jan Bransen (2000). Alternatives of Oneself: Recasting Some of Our Practical Problems. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (2):381 - 400.
    This paper argues that there are practical problems of such a kind that neither impartial morality nor rational choice theory can provide us with comfort and guidance in our attempt to make the right choice if confronted with such a problem. It argues that both morality and rational choice theory are bound to misconstrue problems of this kind. Appreciating the limits of both morality and rational choice theory, as currently discussed in the literature , enables us to identify the features (...)
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  21. Jan Bransen & Jo Smets (2000). Moral Competence in Action: Introduction. Philosophical Explorations 3 (3):202 – 207.
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  22. Jan Bransen (1999). Drie modellen van het menselijk handelen. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 61 (3):636-636.
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  23. Jan Bransen (1999). Note From the Editor. Philosophical Explorations 2 (1):2.
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  24. Jan Bransen (1998). Michael Stocker , Valuing Emotions. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 18:228-230.
     
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  25. Jan Bransen (1998). Making X Happen: Prolepsis and the Problem of Mental Determination. In J. A. M. Bransen & S. E. Cuypers (eds.), Human Action, Deliberation and Causation. Dordrecht: Kluwer 131--153.
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  26. Jan Bransen (1998). True to Ourselves. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 6 (1):67 – 85.
    The paper addresses the problem of authenticity from a point of view that diverges from the more usual social, political, or moral approaches, by focusing very explicitly on the internal psychological make-up of human agents in an attempt to identify the conditions that would enable us to use the colloquial phrase 'being true to ourselves' in a way that is philosophically tenable. First, it is argued that the most important and problematic condition is the requirement that agents can be the (...)
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  27. Jan Bransen (1996). The Philosophy of Social Science. An Introduction. Philosophical Books 37 (1):78-80.
  28. Jan Bransen (1996). Identification and the Idea of an Alternative of Oneself. European Journal of Philosophy 4 (1):1-16.
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  29. Jan Bransen & Marc Slors (eds.) (1996). The Problematic Reality of Values. Van Gorcum.
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  30. Jan Bransen (1995). “Contemporary Anthropocentrism, Salomon Maimon, and the Problem of Experience. In H. Robinson (ed.), Proceedings of the 8th International Kant Congress. Marquette University Press 2--1.
     
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  31. Jan Bransen (1995). Morton White, The Question of Free Will: A Holistic View Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (1):70-72.
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  32. Jan Bransen (1995). Morton White, The Question of Free Will: A Holistic View. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 15:70-72.
     
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  33. Jan Bransen (1995). The Unity of the Mind. Philosophical Books 36 (3):192-194.
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  34. Jan Bransen (1994). Albury Castell, Donald Borchert and Arthur Zucker, Eds., An Introduction to Modern Philosophy. Examining the Human Condition, Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 14 (5):315-317.
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  35. Jan Bransen (1994). Anthropocentrism in Favourable Circumstances. Inquiry 37 (3):339 – 347.
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  36. Jan Bransen (1992). Filosofie En Ironie Fantastische Opmerkingen Over de Toekomst van Een Traditie. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  37. Jan Bransen (1990). The Antinomy of Thought Maimonian Skepticism and the Relation Between Thoughts and Objects = de Antinomie van Het Denken : Salomon Maimons Skepticisme En de Relatie Tussen Gedachten En Objekten. Onderwijs Media Instituut.
     
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  38. Jan Bransen & Stefaan E. Cuypers (1978). Thinking: The Life of the Mind I. London: Martin Secker and Warburg Limited. Aune, Bruce (1967)“Hypotheticals and 'Can': Another Look,” Analysis, 27 (June), Pp. 191–195. Repr. In Gary Watson (Ed.)(1982), Pp. 36–41. Austin, John L.(1956)“Ifs and Cans,” Proceedings of the British Academy, 42, Pp. [REVIEW] Philosophy 28 (1):1-18.
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